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GenreTitleAuthorReading LevelSubject(s)                       
poetry/fictionDrum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed MusicMargarita EngleLChinese-African-Cuban girl, female drummers, Chinese New Year
realistic ficitonStevieJohn SteptoeMblack boy protagonist, siblings, memoir
realistic fictionSweet, Sweet MemoryJacqueline Woodson/Floyd Cooperpicture bookblack girl protagonist, death of grandpa, the South, rural
historical fictionComing On Home SoonJacqueline Woodson/E.B. Lewishpicture bookfemale characters, family, WWII, women working and away from home
fictionCherries and Cherry PitsVera B. Williamspicture bookblack girl protagonist, storytelling, community
non-fiction/biographyEmmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahLaurie Ann Thompson & Sean Quallspicture bookdisabled cyclist, West Africa, persistance, flexibility
realistic fictionDancing in the WingsDebbie Allen/Kadir Nelsonpicture bookblack girl protagonist, aspiring ballerina, persistance
realistic fictionLulu's BirthdayElizabeth Fitzgerald Howard/Pat Cummingspicture bookintergenerational, family, birthday surprise
realistic fictionThe Village of Round and Square HousesAnn Gritalconipicture bookremote Central Africa, indigenous, gender, family
fictionThank You Omu!Oge Morapicture bookNigerian woman protagonist, city, community, Thanksgiving
poetry/artUnder the Sunday Tree: Paintings By Mr. Amos FergusonEloise Greenfield/Amos Fergusonpoetry/artpoems about family, daily life, Bahamas
realistic fictionThe Car Washing StreetDenise Lewis Patrick/John Wardpicture bookcity, community, summer, diversity
realistic fiction/poetrySpin A Soft Black SongNikki Giovannibook of poemsfamily, school, everyday life, realistic fiction
non-fictionChildren of Promise: African-American Literature & Art for Young PeopleCharles Sullivantextbookslavery, African American art, poems, stories, good resource
The Undefeatedby Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelsonprominent black figures
poetryPoetry for Young People: Langston HughesDavid Roessel, Arnold Rampersadillustrated poemsart by Benny Andrews, Langston Hughes poems
realistic fictionJamaica Tag-AlongJuanita Havillpicture bookblack girl protagonist, siblings, family
fictionJuliusAngela Johnson/Dav Pilkeypicture bookblack girl protagonist, family, pet pig
realistic fictionWhen I Am Old with YouAngela Johnson/David Somanpicture bookblack grandfather/grandchild, rural, family
poetry/realistic fictionNight on Neighborhood StreetEloise Greenfield/Jan Spivey Gilchristpicture bookpoems of black family life, city setting
realistic fictionGrandpa's FaceEloise Greenfield/Floyd Cooperpicture bookblack grandfather/granddaughter, family, city
realistic fictionGrandfather and IHelen E. Buckley, Jan Ormerodpicture bookblack grandfather/grandchild, slow pace, winter
historical fictionWhite Water (Inspired by a True Story)Michael S. Bandy, Eric Steinpicture book1962 segregated society, segregration
realistic fictionThe Leaving MorningAngela Johnsonpicture bookblack protagonists, NYC, moving
realistic fictionJabari JumpsGaia Cornwallpicture bookanxiety, persistence, black boy protagonist
fictionBirthdayJohn Steptoepicture bookAfrica, black community, school, boy birthday party
realistic fictionNot So Fast SongololoNiki Dalypicture bookfamily, South Africa, grandmother, figurative language, black boy protagonist
fictionTy's One-man BandMildred Pitts Walter/Margot Tomespicture bookblack family, Jim Crow south, making music
realistic fictionMe & NeesieEloise Greenfieldpicture bookblack girl protagonist, imaginary friend, family
fiction/figurative lang/small momentCrown: An Ode to the Fresh CutDerrick Barnes/Gordon C. Jamespicture bookblack boy protagonist, community, award-winning
fictionTar BeachFaith Ringgoldpicture bookblack family, NYC, family history
fictionI Love My Hair!Natasha Anastasia Tarpleypicture bookblack family, celebration of black hair!, mother/daughter
realistic fictionDo Like KylaAngela Johnsonpicture bookblack family, siblings, winter, snow
realistic fictionWhat Mary Jo SharedJanice May Udrypicture bookblack girl protagonist, school, family
realistic fictionShe Come Bringing Me That Little Baby GirlEloise Greenfield/John Steptoepicture bookblack boy protagonist, baby sister, family
fiction/poetryBlack MagicDinah Johnsonpicture bookread aloud, celebrating color black
realistic fictionAmazing GraceMary Hoffman/Caroline BinchM gender, race, identity, school play, black girl protagonist
realistic fictionBoundless GraceMary Hoffman/Caroline BinchMblack girl protagonist, family, Africa, divorce, sequel to Amazing Grace
fictionWingsChristopher Myerspicture bookaward-winning, black boy protagonist, collage, bullying, new student
fiction/poetryJazzWalter Dean Myers/Christopher Myerspicture bookaward-winning, gorgeous art, poems about Jazz, New Orleans
fictionThe Other SideJacqueline WoodsonQread aloud, overcoming racism
poetryIn for Winter, Out for SpringArnold Adoff/Jerry Pinkneypicture bookblack families, the four seasons
non-fiction Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou HamerCarole Boston Weatherfordupper gradesread aloud civil rights hero
non-fictionDear Mr. RosenwaldCarole Boston Weatherfordread aloud, school equity
Historical Fiction Freedom RiverDoreen Rappaport2018-02-05 00:00:00underground railroad
Historical Fiction A Sweet Smell of RosesAngela Johnsonall gradescivil rights story
Historical Fiction Sweet Clara and the Freedom QUiltDeborah HopkinsonRead Aloud, underground railroad
realistic fictionBenjieJoan M. Lexaupicture bookblack boy protagonist, kindness, community, family
fictionMy Little IslandFrané Lessacpicture booklife on Caribbean Island, beautiful illustrations
fiction/poetryCaribbean DreamRachel Isadorapicture booklife on Caribbean Island, poetic
fiction/poetryLove IsDiane Adamspicture bookblack girl protagonist, love, responsibility, rhyming
realistic fictionCorduroyDon Freemanpicture bookblack girl protagonist, kindness, love, NYC, community
realistic fictionCharlotte and the Quiet PlaceDeborah Sosinpicture bookblack girl protagonist, NYC, community, learning differences
legends/folkloreJohn HenryEzra Jack Keatspicture bookblack male protagonist, labor, westward expansion, railroad
legends/folkloreFlora and the Runaway RoosterJohn Claude Bemispicture bookblack girl protagonist, Rwanda, poverty, schooling
fictionThe Hello, Goodbye WindowNorton Juster, Chris Raschkapicture bookaward winning, black girl protagonist, grandparents, family,
fiction, pattern booksI Just Want To Say Good NightRachel Isadorapicture bookAfrican girl, animals, family
realistic fictionGalimotoKaren Lynn Williamspicture bookAfrican boy, Malawi, Chichewa language, recycled materials
fictionFor You Are A Kenyan Child Kelly Cunnanepicture bookKalenjin boy, Kenya, animals, Swahili language
fiction, poetryThe Chalk DollCharlotte Pomerantz, Frané Lessacpicture bookblack girl protagonist, Jamaica, family, recycled materials
fiction, pattern booksAll Aboard for the Bobo RoadStephen Daviespicture bookBurkina Faso, transportation, maps, geography
realistic fictionAt the CrossroadsRachel Isadorapicture bookAfrica, labor, mining, family, community
fictionDeep in the SaharaKelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadipicture bookMauritania, W. Africa, Muslim, identity, family
realistic fictionSomething BeautifulSharon Dennis Wyethpicture bookblack girl protagonist, NYC, community, family
realistic fictionPet Show!Ezra Jack Keatspicture bookblack protagonists, NYC
fictionCity RhythmsAnn Gritalconipicture bookblack boy protagonist, community, city life
fiction/poetryMax Found Two SticksBrian Pinkneypicture bookblack boy protagonist, onomatopoeia, music, city life
realistic fictionLouie (my very favorite character!!)Ezra Jack Keatspicture booksocially awkward black boy protagonist
biographyFarmer Will Allen and the Growing TableJacqueline Briggs Martinpicture bookBelgium, basketball, city farming, true story
non-fictionThe Water PrincessSusan Verdepicture booktrue story, water, rural Burkina Faso, Africa
non-fictionBeatrice's GoatPage McBrierpicture bookUganda
historical fictionBusing BrewsterRichard Michelson, R.G. Rothpicture bookintegration, busing, bullying, kindness
realistic fictionMama ElizabetiStephanie Stuve-Bodeenpicture bookAfrica, family, younger siblings, responsibility
fictionHarlem Renaissance PartyFaith Ringgoldpicture bookHarlem Renaissance, African-American writers, jazz
biography/poetryCoretta ScottNtozake Shange/Kadir Nelsonpicture bookCoretta Scott King bio, MLK, figurative language, gorgeous art
historical fictionAunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the SkyFaith Ringgoldpicture bookHarriet Tubman, Underground Railroad, slavery
fictionMarvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New OrleansPhil Bildner and John Parrapicture bookHurrican Katrina clean-up, resilience, community, folklore
realistic fictionDaisy and the DollMichael Medearis/Angela Shelf Medearispicture bookrace, skin color, 1800's Vermont, black girl protagonist
non-fiction/biographyBoycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a NationAndrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkneypicture bookRosa Parks, the blues, poetic, onomatopoeia, Montgomery Bus Boycott
fictionImani's MoonJaNay Brown-Woodpicture bookMaasai people (Africa), differences, teasing, girl protagonist
biographyNelson MandelaKadir Nelsonpicture bookSouth Africa, activism, beautiful illustrations
fictionWorking CottonSherley Anne Williamspicture bookaward winning, black girl, memoir, child labor
fiction/poetryShadowMarcia Brownpicture bookWhat is Shadow? Africa setting, poetic, nature
fiction/poetryFather and SonDenizé Lauturepicture bookfamily, Jonathan Green illustrations, black protagonists
non-fictionOne Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the GambiaMiranda Paulpicture booktrue story, the Gambia, recycling, female empowerment
biographyMore Than Anything ElseMarie Bradbypicture bookBooker T. Washington, literacy, child labor, W. Virginia
poetry/realistic fictionPass It On: African-American Poetry for ChildrenWade Hudson, Floyd Cooperbook of poemsblack children protagonists
lyrical/non-fictionCharlie Parker played be bopChris RaschkaHmusic of Charlie Parker, black jazzist
realistic fictionMrs. Katz and TushPatricia Polaccopicture bookrelationship b/w older Jewish woman and black boy
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a LibraryCarole Boston WeatherfordPicture book
non-fictionjambo means hello: Swahili Alphabet BookMuriel Feelings/Tom FeelingsABC bookSwahili, African culture/tradition
non-fiction/biographyEmmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahLaurie Ann Thompson & Sean Quallspicture bookdisabled cyclist, West Africa, persistance, flexibility
biographyMalcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm XIlyasah Shabazzpicture bookauthor is Malcolm X's daughter
non-fiction/biographyCatching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball DreamCrystal Hubbardpicture booktrue story black female baseball player, 1953
realistic fictionMrs. Katz and TushPatricia Polaccopicture bookrelationship b/w older Jewish woman and black boy
non-fictionAshanti to Zulu: African TraditionsMargaret MusgroveABC bookAfrican indigenous life, Ghana, ABC format
fictionThe People Could Fly: American Black FolktalesVirginia Hamiltonfolktalesanimal tales, slavery
poetry/biographyMartin Rising: Requiem For A KingAndrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkneyillustrated poemMLK, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, gorgeous art
realistic fictionBack HomeGloria Jean Pinkney/Jerry Pinkneypicture book1950s, rural North Carolina, black protagonists, family
biographyMary McLeod BethuneEloise Greenfield/Jerry PinkeyM-Ntrue story of Mary McLeod Bethune, social justice activist
biographyMore Than Anything ElseMarie Bradbypicture bookBooker T. Washington, literacy, child labor, W. Virginia
poetryPoetry for Young People: Langston HughesDavid Roessel, Arnold Rampersadillustrated poemsart by Benny Andrews, Langston Hughes poetry
realistic fictionChicken SundayPatricia Polaccopicture bookblack grandmother, 1960s, Jewish/Christian characters, Easter, family
non-fictionI Have A DreamDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.his speech paired w/ gorgeous illustrations by black artists
non-fictionMLK A Celebration In Word and ImageMartin Luther King, Jr.quotes and photographs of MLK
realistic fiction/graphic novelIllegalEoin Colfer/Andrew Donkingraphic novelrefugees traveling from North Africa to Italy by ship, Syria
fiction/figurative lang/small momentCrown: An Ode to the Fresh CutDerrick Barnes/Gordon C. Jamespicture bookblack boy protagonist, community, award-winning
fiction/poetryShadowMarcia Brownpicture bookAfrica setting, poetic, nature
non-fictionThe Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest BookstoreVaunda Micheaux Nelson & R. Gregory Christiepicture bookHarlem, African-American culture, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X
legends/folkloreJohn HenryEzra Jack Keatspicture bookblack male protagonist, labor, westward expansion, railroad
non-fictionChildren of Promise: African-American Literature & Art for Young PeopleCharles Sullivantextbookslavery, African American art, poems, stories, good resource
folktaleMirandy and Brother WindPatricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkneypicture bookslavery, customs/traditions, family, Mississippi, Louisiana
non-fictionThe UndefeatedKwame Alexander picture bookcelebrating black lives
poetry/artJabberwockyChristopher Myerspoetry/artclassic poem reimagined, black boy protagonist, art
fictionSolo GirlAndrea Davis PinkneyMblack girl protagonist
fictionSeries: "Monica" Diana G. GallagherNblack girl protagonist
non-fictionBaby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the StageAlan SchroederO-PBlack History
non-fictionIn Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta SavageAlan SchroederO-PBlack History
fictionBad Hair DayAdrienne Vincent SuttonPblack girl protagonist
realistic fictionThe Hundred Penny BoxSharon Bell MathisPblack boy protagonist, family
fictionThe Diary of B.B. Bright Possible PrincessAlice RandallQblack girl protagonist
fictionCrossing JordanAdrian FogelinPracism, friendship
fiction/ mysterySeries: Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers (Book 1)Alexander McCall SmithQblack girl protagonist
fiction/mysteryEmma SeriesIda SiegalPblack girl protagonist
fictionSeries: Akimbo and The LionsAlexander McCall SmithPBlack boy protagonist
fictionSeries: Dog Days: The Carver ChroniclesKaren EnglishQBlack boy protagonist
fictionThe JacketAndrew ClementsRracism and prejudice
realistic fictionZeelyVirginia HamiltonRblack girl protagonist, black author, rural life, family
fictionLast Summer with MaizonJacqueline WoodsonQblack girl protagonist
Historical FictionA Long Walk to WaterLinda Sue ParkRSudanese refugee
Historical FictionThe Red PencilAndrea Davis PinkneyQSudanese Refugees
fictionThe Blossoming Universe of Violet DiamondBrenda WoodsTBiracial girl protagonist
realistic fictionThe Red Rose BoxBrenda WoodsTJim Crow south setting, black girl protagonist, family, Los Angeles
fictionBrendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In ItSundee Tucker FrazierQBlack boy protagonist
fictionConfidentially Yours seriesJo WhittemoreVblack girl
graphic novelPrinceless seriesJeremy WhitleyTblack girl protagonist / diverse cast
realistic fictionHarbor MeJacqueline WoodsonU-Vdiverse characters - NYC children, self-contained class
non-fictionHidden Figures Young Readers' EditionMargot ShetterlyV+black history
non-fictionLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black HistoryVashti HarrisonTblack history
non-fiction MemoirBrown Girl DreamingJacqueline WoodsonUblack history
historical fictionHome of the BraveKatherine AppelegateWSudanese Refugees
historical fictionOne Crazy SummerRita Williams-GarciaWcivil rights era
historical fictionP.S. Be Eleven Rita Williams-GarciaWsequel to One Crazy Summer
realistic fiction/poetrySpin A Soft Black SongNikki Giovannibook of poemsfamily, school, everyday life, realistic fiction
realistic fictionJunebugAlice MeadSblack boy protagonist, public housing life
realistic fictionMe, Mop, and the Moondance KidWalter Dean MyersSAfrican American author
historical fictionMississippi BridgeMildred D. TaylorSAfrican American author
realistic fictionThe Gift GiverJoyce HansenSAfrican American author
realistic fictionThe Gold CadillacMildred D. TaylorSAfrican American author
realistic fictionDarnell Rock ReportingWalter Dean MyersSAfrican American author
historical fictionBlack AngelsLinda Beatrice BrownTAfrican American author
fictionLocomotionJacqueline WoodsonVAfrican American author
fictionMighty Miss MaloneChistopher Paul CurtisVAfrican American author
historical fictionCalico BushRachel FieldVImmigrant families/Native American study
historical fictionGone Crazy in AlabamaRita Williams-GarciaVAfrican American author
realistic fictionClayton Byrd Goes UndergroundRita Williams-GarciaVAfrican American author
realistic fictionA Friendship for TodayPatricia C. McKissackVAfrican American author
realistic fictionTwo NaomisOlugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey VernickVAfrican American author/Immigrant study
biographyMalcolm X By Any Means NecessaryWalter Dean MyersWAfrican American author
realistic fictionThe House on Mango StreetSandra CisnerosWHispanic author
realistic fictionDear Baobabstory of a child immigrant from an unnamed African country
Authors with 3+ titles:
Historical FictionChristopher Paul CurtisT-V Multiple time periods316
historical fiction/non-fictionEleanor E. TateR-U black figures
fictionEloise Greenfieldwide rangeblack families
fictionJacqueline WoodsonT-Zblack characters
fictionJewell Parker RhodesU-Wblack characters
Joyce Hansen
Kekla Magoon
Laurie Halse AndersonVhistorical fiction (Chains, Forge )316
Mary Hoffman
Mildred D. Taylor
Nikki Grimes
Patricia C. McKissack
Rita Williams-Garcia
Sandra Belton
Sharon G. Flake
Sharon M. Draper
Sherri L. Smith
Stephanie Perry Moore
Tamora Pierce
Tee Michelle
Zora Neale Hurston316
Walter Dean Myers

GenreTitleAuthorReading LevelSubject(s)                       
poetry/fictionDrum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed MusicMargarita EngleLChinese-African-Cuban girl, female drummers, Chinese New Year
realistic ficitonStevieJohn SteptoeMblack boy protagonist, siblings, memoir
realistic fictionSweet, Sweet MemoryJacqueline Woodson/Floyd Cooperpicture bookblack girl protagonist, death of grandpa, the South, rural
historical fictionComing On Home SoonJacqueline Woodson/E.B. Lewishpicture bookfemale characters, family, WWII, women working and away from home
fictionCherries and Cherry PitsVera B. Williamspicture bookblack girl protagonist, storytelling, community
non-fiction/biographyEmmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahLaurie Ann Thompson & Sean Quallspicture bookdisabled cyclist, West Africa, persistance, flexibility
realistic fictionDancing in the WingsDebbie Allen/Kadir Nelsonpicture bookblack girl protagonist, aspiring ballerina, persistance
realistic fictionLulu's BirthdayElizabeth Fitzgerald Howard/Pat Cummingspicture bookintergenerational, family, birthday surprise
realistic fictionThe Village of Round and Square HousesAnn Gritalconipicture bookremote Central Africa, indigenous, gender, family
fictionThank You Omu!Oge Morapicture bookNigerian woman protagonist, city, community, Thanksgiving
poetry/artUnder the Sunday Tree: Paintings By Mr. Amos FergusonEloise Greenfield/Amos Fergusonpoetry/artpoems about family, daily life, Bahamas
realistic fictionThe Car Washing StreetDenise Lewis Patrick/John Wardpicture bookcity, community, summer, diversity
realistic fiction/poetrySpin A Soft Black SongNikki Giovannibook of poemsfamily, school, everyday life, realistic fiction
non-fictionChildren of Promise: African-American Literature & Art for Young PeopleCharles Sullivantextbookslavery, African American art, poems, stories, good resource
The Undefeatedby Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelsonprominent black figures
poetryPoetry for Young People: Langston HughesDavid Roessel, Arnold Rampersadillustrated poemsart by Benny Andrews, Langston Hughes poems
realistic fictionJamaica Tag-AlongJuanita Havillpicture bookblack girl protagonist, siblings, family
fictionJuliusAngela Johnson/Dav Pilkeypicture bookblack girl protagonist, family, pet pig
realistic fictionWhen I Am Old with YouAngela Johnson/David Somanpicture bookblack grandfather/grandchild, rural, family
poetry/realistic fictionNight on Neighborhood StreetEloise Greenfield/Jan Spivey Gilchristpicture bookpoems of black family life, city setting
realistic fictionGrandpa's FaceEloise Greenfield/Floyd Cooperpicture bookblack grandfather/granddaughter, family, city
realistic fictionGrandfather and IHelen E. Buckley, Jan Ormerodpicture bookblack grandfather/grandchild, slow pace, winter
historical fictionWhite Water (Inspired by a True Story)Michael S. Bandy, Eric Steinpicture book1962 segregated society, segregration
realistic fictionThe Leaving MorningAngela Johnsonpicture bookblack protagonists, NYC, moving
realistic fictionJabari JumpsGaia Cornwallpicture bookanxiety, persistence, black boy protagonist
fictionBirthdayJohn Steptoepicture bookAfrica, black community, school, boy birthday party
realistic fictionNot So Fast SongololoNiki Dalypicture bookfamily, South Africa, grandmother, figurative language, black boy protagonist
fictionTy's One-man BandMildred Pitts Walter/Margot Tomespicture bookblack family, Jim Crow south, making music
realistic fictionMe & NeesieEloise Greenfieldpicture bookblack girl protagonist, imaginary friend, family
fiction/figurative lang/small momentCrown: An Ode to the Fresh CutDerrick Barnes/Gordon C. Jamespicture bookblack boy protagonist, community, award-winning
fictionTar BeachFaith Ringgoldpicture bookblack family, NYC, family history
fictionI Love My Hair!Natasha Anastasia Tarpleypicture bookblack family, celebration of black hair!, mother/daughter
realistic fictionDo Like KylaAngela Johnsonpicture bookblack family, siblings, winter, snow
realistic fictionWhat Mary Jo SharedJanice May Udrypicture bookblack girl protagonist, school, family
realistic fictionShe Come Bringing Me That Little Baby GirlEloise Greenfield/John Steptoepicture bookblack boy protagonist, baby sister, family
fiction/poetryBlack MagicDinah Johnsonpicture bookread aloud, celebrating color black
realistic fictionAmazing GraceMary Hoffman/Caroline BinchM gender, race, identity, school play, black girl protagonist
realistic fictionBoundless GraceMary Hoffman/Caroline BinchMblack girl protagonist, family, Africa, divorce, sequel to Amazing Grace
fictionWingsChristopher Myerspicture bookaward-winning, black boy protagonist, collage, bullying, new student
fiction/poetryJazzWalter Dean Myers/Christopher Myerspicture bookaward-winning, gorgeous art, poems about Jazz, New Orleans
fictionThe Other SideJacqueline WoodsonQread aloud, overcoming racism
poetryIn for Winter, Out for SpringArnold Adoff/Jerry Pinkneypicture bookblack families, the four seasons
non-fiction Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou HamerCarole Boston Weatherfordupper gradesread aloud civil rights hero
non-fictionDear Mr. RosenwaldCarole Boston Weatherfordread aloud, school equity
Historical Fiction Freedom RiverDoreen Rappaport2018-02-05 00:00:00underground railroad
Historical Fiction A Sweet Smell of RosesAngela Johnsonall gradescivil rights story
Historical Fiction Sweet Clara and the Freedom QUiltDeborah HopkinsonRead Aloud, underground railroad
realistic fictionBenjieJoan M. Lexaupicture bookblack boy protagonist, kindness, community, family
fictionMy Little IslandFrané Lessacpicture booklife on Caribbean Island, beautiful illustrations
fiction/poetryCaribbean DreamRachel Isadorapicture booklife on Caribbean Island, poetic
fiction/poetryLove IsDiane Adamspicture bookblack girl protagonist, love, responsibility, rhyming
realistic fictionCorduroyDon Freemanpicture bookblack girl protagonist, kindness, love, NYC, community
realistic fictionCharlotte and the Quiet PlaceDeborah Sosinpicture bookblack girl protagonist, NYC, community, learning differences
legends/folkloreJohn HenryEzra Jack Keatspicture bookblack male protagonist, labor, westward expansion, railroad
legends/folkloreFlora and the Runaway RoosterJohn Claude Bemispicture bookblack girl protagonist, Rwanda, poverty, schooling
fictionThe Hello, Goodbye WindowNorton Juster, Chris Raschkapicture bookaward winning, black girl protagonist, grandparents, family,
fiction, pattern booksI Just Want To Say Good NightRachel Isadorapicture bookAfrican girl, animals, family
realistic fictionGalimotoKaren Lynn Williamspicture bookAfrican boy, Malawi, Chichewa language, recycled materials
fictionFor You Are A Kenyan Child Kelly Cunnanepicture bookKalenjin boy, Kenya, animals, Swahili language
fiction, poetryThe Chalk DollCharlotte Pomerantz, Frané Lessacpicture bookblack girl protagonist, Jamaica, family, recycled materials
fiction, pattern booksAll Aboard for the Bobo RoadStephen Daviespicture bookBurkina Faso, transportation, maps, geography
realistic fictionAt the CrossroadsRachel Isadorapicture bookAfrica, labor, mining, family, community
fictionDeep in the SaharaKelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadipicture bookMauritania, W. Africa, Muslim, identity, family
realistic fictionSomething BeautifulSharon Dennis Wyethpicture bookblack girl protagonist, NYC, community, family
realistic fictionPet Show!Ezra Jack Keatspicture bookblack protagonists, NYC
fictionCity RhythmsAnn Gritalconipicture bookblack boy protagonist, community, city life
fiction/poetryMax Found Two SticksBrian Pinkneypicture bookblack boy protagonist, onomatopoeia, music, city life
realistic fictionLouie (my very favorite character!!)Ezra Jack Keatspicture booksocially awkward black boy protagonist
biographyFarmer Will Allen and the Growing TableJacqueline Briggs Martinpicture bookBelgium, basketball, city farming, true story
non-fictionThe Water PrincessSusan Verdepicture booktrue story, water, rural Burkina Faso, Africa
non-fictionBeatrice's GoatPage McBrierpicture bookUganda
historical fictionBusing BrewsterRichard Michelson, R.G. Rothpicture bookintegration, busing, bullying, kindness
realistic fictionMama ElizabetiStephanie Stuve-Bodeenpicture bookAfrica, family, younger siblings, responsibility
fictionHarlem Renaissance PartyFaith Ringgoldpicture bookHarlem Renaissance, African-American writers, jazz
biography/poetryCoretta ScottNtozake Shange/Kadir Nelsonpicture bookCoretta Scott King bio, MLK, figurative language, gorgeous art
historical fictionAunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the SkyFaith Ringgoldpicture bookHarriet Tubman, Underground Railroad, slavery
fictionMarvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New OrleansPhil Bildner and John Parrapicture bookHurrican Katrina clean-up, resilience, community, folklore
realistic fictionDaisy and the DollMichael Medearis/Angela Shelf Medearispicture bookrace, skin color, 1800's Vermont, black girl protagonist
non-fiction/biographyBoycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a NationAndrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkneypicture bookRosa Parks, the blues, poetic, onomatopoeia, Montgomery Bus Boycott
fictionImani's MoonJaNay Brown-Woodpicture bookMaasai people (Africa), differences, teasing, girl protagonist
biographyNelson MandelaKadir Nelsonpicture bookSouth Africa, activism, beautiful illustrations
fictionWorking CottonSherley Anne Williamspicture bookaward winning, black girl, memoir, child labor
fiction/poetryShadowMarcia Brownpicture bookWhat is Shadow? Africa setting, poetic, nature
fiction/poetryFather and SonDenizé Lauturepicture bookfamily, Jonathan Green illustrations, black protagonists
non-fictionOne Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the GambiaMiranda Paulpicture booktrue story, the Gambia, recycling, female empowerment
biographyMore Than Anything ElseMarie Bradbypicture bookBooker T. Washington, literacy, child labor, W. Virginia
poetry/realistic fictionPass It On: African-American Poetry for ChildrenWade Hudson, Floyd Cooperbook of poemsblack children protagonists
lyrical/non-fictionCharlie Parker played be bopChris RaschkaHmusic of Charlie Parker, black jazzist
realistic fictionMrs. Katz and TushPatricia Polaccopicture bookrelationship b/w older Jewish woman and black boy
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a LibraryCarole Boston WeatherfordPicture book
non-fictionjambo means hello: Swahili Alphabet BookMuriel Feelings/Tom FeelingsABC bookSwahili, African culture/tradition
non-fiction/biographyEmmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahLaurie Ann Thompson & Sean Quallspicture bookdisabled cyclist, West Africa, persistance, flexibility
biographyMalcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm XIlyasah Shabazzpicture bookauthor is Malcolm X's daughter
non-fiction/biographyCatching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball DreamCrystal Hubbardpicture booktrue story black female baseball player, 1953
realistic fictionMrs. Katz and TushPatricia Polaccopicture bookrelationship b/w older Jewish woman and black boy
non-fictionAshanti to Zulu: African TraditionsMargaret MusgroveABC bookAfrican indigenous life, Ghana, ABC format
fictionThe People Could Fly: American Black FolktalesVirginia Hamiltonfolktalesanimal tales, slavery
poetry/biographyMartin Rising: Requiem For A KingAndrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkneyillustrated poemMLK, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, gorgeous art
realistic fictionBack HomeGloria Jean Pinkney/Jerry Pinkneypicture book1950s, rural North Carolina, black protagonists, family
biographyMary McLeod BethuneEloise Greenfield/Jerry PinkeyM-Ntrue story of Mary McLeod Bethune, social justice activist
biographyMore Than Anything ElseMarie Bradbypicture bookBooker T. Washington, literacy, child labor, W. Virginia
poetryPoetry for Young People: Langston HughesDavid Roessel, Arnold Rampersadillustrated poemsart by Benny Andrews, Langston Hughes poetry
realistic fictionChicken SundayPatricia Polaccopicture bookblack grandmother, 1960s, Jewish/Christian characters, Easter, family
non-fictionI Have A DreamDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.his speech paired w/ gorgeous illustrations by black artists
non-fictionMLK A Celebration In Word and ImageMartin Luther King, Jr.quotes and photographs of MLK
realistic fiction/graphic novelIllegalEoin Colfer/Andrew Donkingraphic novelrefugees traveling from North Africa to Italy by ship, Syria
fiction/figurative lang/small momentCrown: An Ode to the Fresh CutDerrick Barnes/Gordon C. Jamespicture bookblack boy protagonist, community, award-winning
fiction/poetryShadowMarcia Brownpicture bookAfrica setting, poetic, nature
non-fictionThe Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest BookstoreVaunda Micheaux Nelson & R. Gregory Christiepicture bookHarlem, African-American culture, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X
legends/folkloreJohn HenryEzra Jack Keatspicture bookblack male protagonist, labor, westward expansion, railroad